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New vehicles sales grew by a solid 4.6 per cent in August, keeping the market on track for an all-time annual record.

VFACTS figures released this morning show that 94,909 new cars, SUVs and commercial vehicles were sold last month, taking the year-to-date (YTD) figure to 784,380.

As we have become acclimatised to, SUVs and light commercials both grew by more than 10 per cent while passenger cars went backwards. The market share by vehicle type was: 41 per cent passenger car, 38.3 per cent SUV and 17.6 per cent light commercial.

Reflecting a continuous trend, individual private buyer sales (factoring in novated leases) were down, by 8.3 per cent to 43,802 units. Business fleet sales did the heavy lifting by growing 21.5 per cent to 38,738 units. Rental sales also grew, by 24.5 per cent to 6203.

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Top brands August 2016

Number one by a long way as usual was Toyota (18,560 units), but it was the company’s growth of 29 per cent over its sluggish August 2015 that has raised eyebrows. Three of the top-five most popular models last month were Toyotas.

The market leader more than doubled its closest rival Mazda, which managed 9258 sales (up 1 per cent). Next in line were Holden (7667, down about 3 per cent), Ford (6849, up 28 per cent as its rejuvenation continues) and a lacklustre Hyundai (6536, down 31 per cent).

Next were the usual suspects in Mitsubishi (6136, up 10 per cent), Nissan (5616, up 19 per cent) and Volkswagen (3893, down 19 per cent). Kia finished an impressive ninth with 3710 sales, up 26 per cent, ahead of Subaru (3362, even).

Bashing on the door of the top ten were Mercedes-Benz (3295, up 12 per cent), Honda (3090, down 4 per cent), BMW (2321, up 5 per cent), Audi (2006, up 6 per cent), Isuzu Ute (1647, up 5 per cent) and Suzuki (1616, up 3 per cent).

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Smaller-volume brands that performed well include (alphabetically): Infiniti (83, up 80 per cent), Jaguar (332, up 202 per cent), LDV (140, up 47 per cent), Lexus (789, up 11 per cent), Mini (328, up 19 per cent) and Volvo Car (671, up 50 per cent).

There were also a number of ultra high-end brands with small scale but big prestige that smashed it out of the park, including: Aston Martin (14, up 27 per cent), Bentley (19, up 217 per cent), Lamborghini (13, up 63 per cent), Lotus (17, up 325 per cent) and Rolls-Royce (4, up 300 per cent).

Smaller-volume brands that struggled include: Alfa Romeo (41, down 65 per cent), Chrysler (34, down 48 per cent), Dodge (28, down 71 per cent), Fiat (196, down 18 per cent), Foton Light (62, down 26 per cent), Jeep (1028, down 40 per cent), Peugeot (219, down 16 per cent), Porsche (316, down 21 per cent), Proton (16, down 69 per cent) and SsangYong (28, down 62 per cent).

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Top models August 2016

The two most popular cars last month were Toyotas — the Corolla (3554) and HiLux (3311). These edged the Ford Ranger, which took bronze with 2964 sales.

Other models in the top ten were the Mazda 3 (2818), Toyota Camry (2458), Holden Commodore (1952) Mazda CX-5 (1902 units), Hyundai i30 (crashing to earth after breaking records a few months ago, to 1864), Mitsubishi ASX (1781) and Toyota RAV4 (1766).

The Hyundai i30’s second slow month in succession, after the market was taken aback by strong deals earlier this year, means it has fallen behind the Corolla in the YTD race for top-selling passenger car (26,937 versus 27,525).

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The top-selling passenger cars by segment were the: Holden Spark (363), Hyundai Accent (1096), Audi A1 (196), Toyota Corolla (3554), Audi A3 (636), Toyota Camry (2458), Mercedes-Benz C-Class (583), Holden Commodore (1952), Mercedes-Benz E-Class (126), Holden Caprice (81), BMW 7 Series (27), Kia Carnival (440), Mercedes-Benz V-Class (48), Ford Mustang (717), Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe/Convertible (266) and Porsche 911 (37).

The most popular SUVs by segment were the: Mitsubishi ASX (1781), BMW X1 (318), Mazda CX-5 (1902), BMW X3 (365), Toyota Prado (1328), BMW X5 (347), Toyota LandCruiser wagon (1350) and Mercedes-Benz GLS (106).

In the light commercial race the top sellers by segment were the: Toyota HiAce bus (188), Volkswagen Caddy (142), Toyota HiAce van (662), Toyota HiLux 4×2 (893) and Toyota HiLux 4×4 (2418). The top heavy van was the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter (205).

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Miscellaneous data August 2016

Sales by state sales were: NSW (31,788, up 4 per cent), Victoria (27,096, up 10 per cent), Queensland (18,062, down almost 1 per cent), Western Australia (8144, down 3 per cent), South Australia (5785, up 14 per cent), Tasmania (1743, up 2 per cent), ACT (1410, down 3 per cent) and NT (881, up 15 per cent).

The best-performing vehicle segments were: SUV Upper Large (1712, up 72 per cent), 4×2 Utes (3604, up 30 per cent), SUV Medium (14,187, up 24 per cent), 4×4 Utes (11,046, up 15.2 per cent) and SUV Large (12,287, up 14.4 per cent).

Struggler segments were: Upper Large Cars (182, down 33 per cent), Light Cars (6859, down 25 per cent), SUV Small (a surprising decline as larger mid-sized models steal sales, down 16 per cent to 8210) and Sports Cars (2476, down 6 per cent).

2015 Honda HR-V v 2015 Suzuki Vitara Twin Test-00

Our top sources of vehicles were: Japan (27,346), Thailand (22,783), Korea (12,324), Australia (7389), Germany (6667), USA (4695), England (3042), Spain (1257), South Africa (1248) and Hungary (911).

The top-ten brands in passenger sales were: Toyota 7793), Mazda (4232), Hyundai (3957), Holden (3690), Volkswagen (2649), Kia (2407), Ford (2242), Mercedes-Benz (1981), Honda (1592) and Audi (1404).

The top-ten brands in SUV sales were: Toyota (5985), Mitsubishi (4022), Mazda (3963), Nissan (3260), Subaru (2349), Hyundai (2233), Holden (1983), Honda (1498), Kia (1303) and BMW (1262).

The top-ten brands in light commercial sales were: Toyota (4872), Ford (3324), Holden (1994), Mitsubishi (1321), Nissan (1312), Isuzu Ute (1108), Mazda (1063), Volkswagen (849) and Hyundai (346).

Rugged 4×4 sub-segment: Mitsubishi Pajero Sport (669), Isuzu MU-X (539), Holden Colorado 7 (378), Toyota Fortuner (307), Ford Everest (285).

Top ten brands August 2016

  1. Toyota — 18,560 (up 28.6 per cent)
  2. Mazda — 9258 (up 1 per cent)
  3. Holden — 7667 (down 2.6 per cent)
  4. Ford — 6849 (up 27.9 per cent)
  5. Hyundai — 6536 (down 31.2 per cent)
  6. Mitsubishi — 6136 (up 10.1 per cent)
  7. Nissan — 5616 (up 18.7 per cent)
  8. Volkswagen — 3893 (down 18.8 per cent)
  9. Kia — 3710 (up 26.2 per cent)
  10. Subaru — 3362 (even)

Top ten models August 2016

  1. Toyota Corolla — 3554
  2. Toyota HiLux — 3311
  3. Ford Ranger — 2964
  4. Mazda 3 — 2818
  5. Toyota Camry — 2458
  6. Holden Commodore — 1952
  7. Mazda CX-5 — 1902
  8. Hyundai i30 — 1864
  9. Mitsubishi ASX — 1781
  10. Toyota RAV4 — 1766

Micro (1010, up 2.5 per cent):
Holden Spark (363)
Kia Picanto (204)
Mitsubishi Mirage (176)

Light under $25k (6385, down 25.2 per cent):
Hyundai Accent (1096)
Mazda 2 (1050)
Toyota Yaris (952)

Light over $25k (474, down 17.6 per cent):
Audi A1 (196)
Mini (195)
Mini Clubman (43)

Small under $40k (16,028, up 2.7 per cent):
Toyota Corolla (3554)
Mazda 3 (2818)
Hyundai i30 (1864)

Small over $40k (1626, up 4.3 per cent):
Audi A3 (636)
Mercedes-Benz A-Class (309)
BMW 1 Series (184)

Medium under $60k (4448, up 16 per cent):
Toyota Camry (2458)
Volkswagen Passat (330)
Mazda 6 (262)

Medium over $60k (2016, down 8.8 per cent):
Mercedes-Benz C-Class (583)
Mercedes-Benz CLA (352)
Audi A4 (337)

Large under $70k (2882, down 2.8 per cent):
Holden Commodore (1952)
Ford Falcon (441)
Toyota Aurion (398)

Large over $70k (316, down 10.5 per cent):
Mercedes-Benz E-Class (126)
Audi A6 (52)
BMW 5 Series (35)

Upper Large under $100k (115, down 46.3 per cent):
Holden Caprice (81)
Chrysler 300 (34)

Upper Large above $100k (67, up 17.5 per cent):
BMW 7 Series (27)
Mercedes-Benz S-Class (21)
Audi A8/Bentley Mulsanne/Lexus LS (4)

People-movers under $60k (1024, down 0.4 per cent):
Kia Carnival (440)
Honda Odyssey (188)
Hyundai iMax (125)

People-movers over $60k (78, down 17.9 per cent):
Mercedes-Benz V-Class (48)
Mercedes-Benz Valente (30)

Sports under $80k (1628, down 11.9 per cent):
Ford Mustang (717)
Hyundai Veloster (285)
Toyota 86 (183)

Sports over $80k (703, up 3.7 per cent):
Mercedes-Benz C-Class (266)
BMW 4 Series (153)
Audi TT (54)

Sports over $200k (145, up 19.8 per cent):
Porsche 911 (37)
Ferrari range (14)
BMW 6 Series/Lamborghini range (13)

SUV Small under $40k (7367, down 19.5 per cent):
Mitsubishi ASX (1781)
Mazda CX-3 (1323)
Nissan Qashqai (1066)

SUV Small over $40k (843, up 38.2 per cent):
BMW X1 (318)
Mercedes-Benz GLA (225)
Audi Q3 (216)

SUV Medium under $60k (11,619, up 18.6 per cent):
Mazda CX-5 (1902)
Toyota RAV4 (1766)
Hyundai Tucson (1654)

SUV Medium over $60k (2568, up 59.1 per cent):
BMW X3 (365)
Mercedes-Benz GLC (326)
Lexus NX (309)

SUV Large under $70k (10,342, up 15.1 per cent):
Toyota Prado (1328)
Toyota Kluger (1106)
Holden Captiva (1063)

SUV Large over $70k (1945, up 11.1 per cent):
BMW X5 (347)
Land Rover Discovery (258)
Range Rover Sport (245)

SUV Upper Large under $100k (1504, up 78.2 per cent):
Toyota LandCruiser (1350)
Nissan Patrol (154)

SUV Upper Large over $100k (208, up 39.6 per cent):
Mercedes-Benz GLS (106)
Range Rover (39)
Lexus LX (37)

Light buses <= 20 seats (208, up 13.7 per cent):
Toyota HiAce (188)
Renault Master (11)
LDV V80 (5)

Light Vans (294, down 1 per cent):
Volkswagen Caddy Van (142)
Renault Kangoo (90)
Suzuki APV (23)

Medium Vans (1548, up 1.2 per cent):
Toyota HiAce (662)
Hyundai iLoad (346)
Volkswagen Transporter (166)

4×2 Utes (3604, up 30.2 per cent):
Toyota HiLux (893)
Ford Ranger (600)
Mazda BT-50 (406)

4×4 Utes (11,046, up 15.2 per cent):
Toyota HiLux (2418)
Ford Ranger (2364))
Holden Colorado (1503)

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